New York

New York

“Fever: The Art of David Wojnarowicz”

New Museum
235 Bowery
January 21–June 20, 1999

The title of Wojnarowicz’s 1992 book, Memories That Smell Like Gasoline, may say it best; this first full-scale retrospective will remind many visitors of the corrosive cultural climate of the ’80s, the politics of AIDS, of homophobia, of conservative hostility to socially committed, sexually explicit art. Before his death, from AIDS, in 1992, Wojnarowicz was an articulately angry moral presence, in paintings, prints, sculpture, multimedia works, and also in his writings. None of the issues he addressed has gone away. The catalogue brings together excerpts from the artist’s writings with essays by the New Museum’s Dan Cameron, Dennis Cooper, and others.